Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Culture | By Margie Dunn

H.D. Kumaraswamy asks distributors not to release Rajinikanth’s Kaala in Karnataka

H.D. Kumaraswamy asks distributors not to release Rajinikanth’s Kaala in Karnataka

Leading producer and distributor Kanakapura Srinivas is set to release Kaala in Karnataka despite facing threats from pro-Kannada groups, which have called for a ban on the film over Rajinikanth's pro-Tamil Nadu stand in the Cauvery issue. The screen count is not finalised yet and I can not give exact numbers at this stage, given the threats from the Kannada groups.

The petition also wanted the court to restrain the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC) from preventing the film release in the state.

On asking whether he is taking a chance, "It is quite common in film industry".

To this, senior counsel Dhyan Chinnappa, appearing for the petitioners, said that they would provide the list of theatres and multiplexes where the film is going to be exhibited in the State. The uncertainty is lingering over "Kaala" release and no one knows how anyone can go and watch the movie in Karnataka when the activists might be agitating outside the theatres.

He claimed that he always wanted to portray Rajinikanth as the lead character in the movie and he got registered the title Karikalan, who was a Chola king, in 1994.

The release of the movie Kaala, produced by Rajinikanth's son-in-law actor Dhanush under the banner of Wonderbar Films Pvt Ltd and directed by Pa Ranjith, was postponed earlier and the flick is now scheduled to hit screens on Thursday.

Lyca Productions owns the theatrical rights and it had approached many distributors to release the flick. Photos from the incident are doing the rounds of social media.

Nonetheless, none was ready to take a chance.

There is certainly good news for the makers since the movie is in profit even before its release!

However, the exhibitors are concerned about the safety if screened Kaala.

"If they forcefully release the movie they will have to face the consequences".

There was also a post from Times Now, this morning, stating the same.

He also assured the court that the state government would provide security to theatres screening the film in the state.

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